Dairy

Funding deal ends

By Country News

A dairy lobby group will no longer receive funding from processors after a three-year agreement ended on June 30.

Australian Dairy Farmers said the agreement, which had seen 11 processors contribute to funding the Australian Dairy Industry Council, would not be renewed.

‘‘Despite the important policy work undertaken by the ADIC, we understand there has been a perception among some farmers that the ADIC funding arrangement may blur the focus of ADF priorities and messaging, including our representation of farmer interests,’’ the ADF said.

‘‘We believe that the conclusion of this arrangement will allow ADF to pursue its extensive advocacy agenda free from questions around our independence.’’

The lobby group said it would maintain discussions with processors through the Australian Dairy Products Federation, which forms the ADIC along with the ADF, but no formal arrangement had been finalised.